Robin Stafford Allen Author since: 2015
I am a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and started my professional life in the Motor Industry with a branch of General Motors - Vauxhall/Bedford. I worked there as a Student Apprentice and gained my BSc (Birmingham, 1972) in Mechanical Engineering while training with GM. After a Masters in Bio-engineering at Surrey (1976) I worked for several years on the engineering of the first generation of MRImagnets and cryostats with Oxford Magnet Technology, then part of Oxford Instruments. I joined Culham in 1992, and have worked in Cryogenics and in the Heating and Fuelling of plasmas on-and-off ever since. I recently spent a sabbatical six years as Director of Engineering for a small tenant company on the Culham site designing and constructing a large 1-metre-bore special superconducting magnet for the AMS-2 experiment (a mass-spectrometer) which was launched on the penultimate Shuttle flight to the International Space Station. I have just retired from working at CCFE on the mechanical engineering of the plasma-heating equipment for the ITER machine, and the British fusion research effort MAST machine. I work part time for the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.